MPs recall Kimemia over fresh accusations

May 27, 2013 1:15 pm
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Committee Chairman Asman Kamama says the main issues raised by EACC include alleged involvement in corruption, political bias, favouritism and nepotism/FILE
Committee Chairman Asman Kamama says the main issues raised by EACC include alleged involvement in corruption, political bias, favouritism and nepotism/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 27 – Secretary to the Cabinet nominee Francis Kimemia was on Monday recalled by the Parliamentary Committee on Administration and National Security to respond to integrity issues raised by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

Committee Chairman Asman Kamama says the main issues raised by EACC include alleged involvement in corruption, political bias, favouritism and nepotism.

The anti corruption commission was represented at the meeting by Commissioner Halakhe Waqo.

“This morning we started with Halakhe on the allegations contained in his letter, and I think he gave us a very comprehensive brief and after that we met Kimemia to also respond on the contents of the letter. We have gotten sufficient information that will be put in our report,” Kamama told reporters after the five-hour closed-door meeting.

The Tiaty MP said all allegations raised will be investigated before the committee prepares its final report for presentation to Parliament.

The 29-member Committee is now set to prepare its report on Kimemia’s suitability for appointment as the Secretary to the Cabinet.

“We need to ventilate, look at every paper whether it’s genuine and then we will give you the full report once it is compiled; we don’t want to give half baked information,” said Kamama.

Kimemia first appeared before the Parliamentary committee on Friday, mainly defending his professional track record in the civil service. But by then, the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission had not forwarded its report to the committee.

The committee will table a report in Parliament early next week for the House to determine if Kimemia is suitable to be appointed to the powerful post of Secretary to the Cabinet.

Kimemia, an administrator who served in various positions including that of a District Commissioner and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Provincial Administration and Internal Security, was nominated by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto early this month for the position.

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